Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VCU)

Richmond, VA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Creative Writing
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Interior Design
Language Interpretation and Translation
Music Performance
Other Fine Arts and Art Studies
Religion/Religious Studies


Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Business/Managerial Economics
Fashion/Apparel Design
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
Information Science/Studies
Marketing/Marketing Management
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Other Finance and Financial Management Services
Real Estate

Communication & Media

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Design & Visual Communications
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Mass Communication/ Media Studies
Other Design and Applied Arts


Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching


Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Adult Development and Aging

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Health & Medical Services

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dental Clinical Sciences (MS, PhD)
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Practice
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Other Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
Public Health (MPH, DPH)
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Biological and Physical Sciences
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Human/Medical Genetics
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters

Natural Sciences

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Other Physics

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Forensic Science and Technology
Other Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Paramilitary, and Related Protective Services

Social Sciences

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
Other Area Studies
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work


Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Computer and Information Sciences

Transportation Careers

Major Certificate Program Bachelors Masters
Other Transportation and Materials Moving

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VCU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 9 Reviews

56% of students gave Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond 4 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

The workload can be beyond average, but this is at the discretion of each professor. Many of the introductory classes are very large- do not expect individual attention from professors unless you reach out to them. Specifically, the History department is much smaller than many, but very informative and conducive for learning. The fewest number of kids in my classes are around 50-90 students; the larger classes have in excess of 400 students.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

Academics Rating

Since these are art and design classes, in a way, you determine the scope of your own projects. If you’re ambitious with your projects, then your workload will obviously be more. I remember a student from another department once said to me while I was up at 4 am working “the only students working all night are the med students and the art students”. I was lucky enough to get to study under Phillip B. Meggs who “has been called the most important historian of design since Nikolaus Pevsner”. I literally got to learn about the history of design from the man who wrote the book on it. The class sizes for lectures were large auditorium sized, but studio classes were small – probably around 10-15 students, so you really got the attention you needed.

VCU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.80
Retention Rate 85%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in August and January.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science, clinical radiation science, dental hygiene

Class Sizes at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 34%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 9%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 49%
  • 100+ Students: 9%
Fewer than 20 Students 34%
50 - 100 Students 9%
20 - 49 Students 49%
100+ Students 9%

Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Total Faculty 3,158
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 1,990
Male Faculty 1,706
Part-Time Professors 1,168
Women Faculty 1,452

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